Wanganui from Bastia Hill

William Mowbray Barraud, Artist

This is one of the watercolours in our collection. It was made in Whanganui, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in circa 1927-1966.
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About the Work
“I feel a sense of connection to this watercolour – the landscape is instantly recognisable to me and evokes a sense of ‘home’. I was born in Whanganui though moved out of the region at age 2 and never considered Whanganui my hometown. It wasn’t until I moved back in my 20’s and raised my children here that I reconnected with Whanganui and began to unlearn a lot of prejudices I had held about the place. I’ve lived here for 16 years now and I am a staunch Whanganui lover. There is so much going for our town and I shout it from the rooftops any chance I get.” – Hannah Houshangi, 'My Choice' February 2022
Image 266 x 540mm
Frame 460 x 730mm
watercolour on paper
Watercolour view of Whanganui city and the Whanganui River from Bastia Hill. Shows the curve of the river below Bastia Hill, two bridges over the river to the left. Terracotta coloured buildings in the central city, the old Whanganui Gas Works building is visible in the distance. The view extends to Pukenamu Queen's Park at the right. In the foreground on the Bastia Hill side of the river closest to the viewer is a row of yellow/orange trees.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of Mrs R.W. Walkley & brother, Whanganui, 1972
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
22 Feb 1972



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